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Baby falls asleep with bottle; can it cause tooth decay?

I have read once they even get one tooth, you should start wiping it off, or brushing it with an infant tooth "brush." I have started doing this, but I don't do it at night because he falls asleep drinking his bottle. He won't fall asleep any other way. Anyone's LO have tooth decay problems from falling asleep with his bottle?

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Asked by CarriePM at 2:16 PM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes it actually can cause tooth decay. Although I will admit that all of my children went to bed with their bottles and we have had no problems but according to the pediatrician it is not a good idea. I honestly think that as long as they are under 12 months and it isn't juice/soda/etc. that it should be alright.

    Answer by ditchen4 at 2:19 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • I was just at the Pediatricians office yesterday, and when she saw my sons two bottom teeth, she told me to make sure I am not leaving him with a bottle to sleep at night because it can cause problems in the future.

    Answer by TsMommy428 at 2:19 PM on Dec. 2, 2010


    Seems to be more a problem in older babies, my 11 month old falls asleep with a bottle too ( she has 4 teeth and working on 2 more), but we are working on weaning and hopefully getting her to sleep with a lovey instead...we shall see....

    Answer by nkkk07 at 2:19 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  •  formula bottle rot. Formula has corn syrup in it.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:20 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:22 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • My daughter was two and never needed the bottle to fall asleep, until I found out her babysitter was giving her one! Later I notice her front top teeth just literally falling apart. It wasn't as bad as that previous pic but she needed surgery to put caps on and I vowed never again to do it to any other child and made sure the babysitters knew too. Also I realize it may be hard, but I've had three kids with one on the way, let him soothe himself. It will make everything a lot easier on u and him. Just try a little bit every night or try rocking him or a pacifier. But no bottle.

    Answer by Mommyfouru at 2:24 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • My son still wakes in the night to eat occasionally too. I can't be brushing his teeth all night. He is only 7 mos. old. This is crazy. I don't want his teeth to fall out, but I want him to be able to have his bottle before bed and not be awakened so I can clean his teeth. These are routines they tell you to create in the beginning, and now I have to disrupt everything because he has a few teeth. I wish I had never read the books saying nurse him to sleep... blah blah blah.

    Comment by CarriePM (original poster) at 2:24 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Nursing to sleep is far different than formula feeding while sleeping. In nursing, the milk flows past the teeth into the throat. In a bottle, it pools up around teeth. Needing to wake and eat while you hold him is one thing. Laying down and drowsily sucking on the bottle is another.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:28 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • My oldest won't get go to bed without a bottle. But at night he gets water. And he sucks it down in a matter of a minute and doesn't have any tooth decay or problems. I feel some of these babies never brush their teeth either.

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 2:28 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Water also does NOT cause bottle rot.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:30 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

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